Kodak PlaySport Zx3: best value for a handy, on-the- go HD video camera

Pros: a high-definition digital video camera that can still function underwater for up to 10 feet, can record great quality videos in good light, an HDMI cable is provided.

Cons: dim light is clearly not its best friend, and it has a very poor battery life.

Verdict: For a budget friendly camera, the Playsport is pretty competitive in terms of performance against other cameras within its generation.


Kodak PlaySport is named aptly as it is a device meant to be use in play. With its rugged and sturdy design, it is sure to survive sporty activities no matter how tough such as biking, gliding, and with its water-proof capability, snorkeling.

The build and design of the PlaySport closely look like a hand-held walkie- talkie rather than a pocket camcorder. But nonetheless, the presence of the two- inch LCD screen would somehow deflect this as well as the numerous dials and buttons that it possesses. At 5.1 ounces and 4.4 x 2.3 x 0.8 inches dimension, the PlaySport is perfectly light and pocket able. The rounded edges, texturized plastics and rubberized grips give a solid feel when held. On the other side a fixed- focus lens can be found in the upper portion with the on- board microphone beside it. There is a wrist- strap notch at the bottom together with the tripod slot. The mini HDMI port, AV jack, and USB out on the side are protected with watertight locking covers. The other side houses the SD/SDHC slot and the battery. What’s missing is a built- in USB connector which means file transfer could be a bit of a hassle.

When it comes to performance, you will really get the value for its price tag. A $150 dollar camera can’t be expected to produce jaw-dropping quality videos right? Given a good light situation especially outdoors under the noon light, it can pretty much perform nicely with its 5MP CMOS sensor and a resolution for up to 1080p 30 fps. It even has a glare filter that doesn’t change anything in what you are recording but lets you see what your camera sees even in a harsh light. Its rugged built can

Perhaps the most negative thing about this device is that its battery life is very disappointing. Turning on the face recognition feature and filters you will most probably get up to an hour of run time, tops. That’s like killing the fun right? This is why a couple of spare batteries is a must once you decide to use the PlaySport in any important events you’d like to get recorded.

The bottom line is that although the Kodak PlaySport is an inexpensive wonderful device contained in a compact package. It may not have the best quality compared to the real HD camcorders but it can provide the same fun one could get in preserving memories. With its affordable price the user will not feel cheated or shortchanged as the excitement in owning an HD camera will give you a sense of getting more.

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